Updated: July 29, 2022 01:18 STI
Tashkent [Uzbekistan]July 29 (ANI): Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi on the sidelines of the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization Shanghai Cooperation (SCO).
The two leaders acknowledged the progress made in the bilateral relations between the two countries since they last met at the 3rd India-Central Asia Dialogue meeting held in New Delhi in 2021.
Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar wrote, “I started my visit to the SCO with a bilateral meeting with DPM and FM Mukhtar Tileuberdi of Kazakhstan. We acknowledged the progress made since our last meeting in New Delhi in December 2021. The current situation calls for a stronger Indo-Kazakh. cooperation in all fields.
Kazakh FM Mukhtar Tileuberdi visited India last year to attend the 3rd India-Central Asia Dialogue Meeting chaired by S Jaishankar.
During the meeting, Tileuberdi noted that over the past three decades, Kazakhstan and India have developed fruitful and dynamic relations across the entire spectrum of cooperation. He added that “we have established strong cooperation in the political, economic, scientific, technological as well as cultural and humanitarian fields.”
Meanwhile, Jaishankar will share the table with his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto at the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting.
This is the first time Bhutto will meet EAM Jaishankar face to face after the formation of the new coalition government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) in Islamabad, led by Shehbaz Sharif.
Jaishankar is attending the meeting at the invitation of Acting Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov, MEA said in a statement.
The meeting is of significance as the Foreign Ministers will hold discussions and prepare for the next meeting of the Council of Heads of State to be held on September 15-16, 2022 in Samarkand.
The discussion will review ongoing cooperation in expanding the SCO Organization and exchange ideas on regional and global developments of common concern, the statement said.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will also attend the meeting. Jaishankar may hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to discuss the outcome of the recently held 16th round of talks between military commanders of India and China to resolve the impasse along the LAC in eastern Ladakh.
If the bilateral talks take place, the Jaishankar-Wang meeting could also pave the way for a possible meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both are expected to attend the SCO summit on September 15-16 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The 20th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of the SCO was held on November 25, 2021 in Nur-Sultan via video conference under the chairmanship of Kazakhstan and Jaishankar represented India in the meeting, according to the statement. published by the Department of External Affairs.
This year, Uzbekistan is chairing the SCO meeting and will be the organizer of all events relating to the two-decade-old grouping which includes Russia, China, India, Pakistan and 4 Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
The SCO has four observer states, namely Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia.
It has six dialogue partners, namely Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
Uzbekistan took over the chairmanship of the organization from Tajikistan on September 17, 2021. India will host the SCO summit next year. (ANI)